Fourth Annual Babel Lecture - Susie Dent

On Friday 11th May 2018, Linguistics and Modern Languages hosted the annual Babel Lecture in the University of Huddersfield’s Spärck-Jones Lecture Theatre. The evening started with a wine reception before Susie Dent (Countdown, 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown) gave the Fourth Annual Lecture titled The -ize have it: The Americanization of English and what we can do about it. Susie’s talk was a fascinating insight into the history of words and how the words associated with being ‘American’ may not be what we think. 

Before the lecture, the Babel Advisory Panel met to discuss future directions for the magazine, as well as celebrate Babel's successes over the past year. In that time, Babel has continued to grow its subscriber base worldwide thanks to the stellar work of Assistant Editor Matthew Evans. The Advisory Panel meeting also gave the Editorial team the opportunity to thank the Advisory Panel for their support over the last year, and Richard Honey of dg3 design for another year of his great design work on the magazine. In keeping with Babel tradition, the advisory panel discussion was fuelled by cakes baked by Editorial Assistant Hazel Price.

The lecture was a real success and the audience even got the opportunity to answer one of Susie’s Countdown conundrums. The lecture was attended by academics from across Europe, A-Level students, teachers, language professionals, university students and interested members of the public. A review of the lecture will be in the next issue of Babel.

The next Babel lecture will take place on Friday 24th May 2019 and will be given by Jessica Coon, the linguistic advisor on the film Arrival. Stay tuned for registration information!

Here are a selection of pictures from the event taken by Lieven Vandelanotte (University of Namur) and Jane Setter (University of Reading).